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Mid-October 2016

  Happenings Inside
IN Center City

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For 25 years, the Center City District (CCD) has been making downtown clean, safe and attractive. How are we doing? What can we do better or differently? Each year, the CCD surveys its constituents to measure how well it is performing. We appreciate you taking the time to respond to this survey. It should take no more than a few minutes to complete. Take our survey and you can also enter a contest to win $250 in restaurant gift certificates!

Please take the survey now, at CCDSurvey.com


October 19 & 26
PNC presents Live @ Lunch

Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street

Opening October 19
Thomas Eakins: Photographer

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street

October 20
Book Talk and Object Display:
Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell

The Philadelphia History Museum
15 South 7th Street

October 22
Phila Flea Markets

Sister Cities Park
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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October 24
The Barrymore Awards 2016

Merriam Theater
250 South Broad St

October 27
Robert Kanigel -
Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Free Library of Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street

October 28 and 29
Steve Martin and Martin Short

Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street

October 29
Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Rittenhouse Row
Various Locations


The New Philadelphia Sports Leagues - Registration Now Open!
Philadelphia Sports Leagues (PSL) is registering teams & players for its inaugural season. Play will begin in PSL's Winter I Season on November 15. The company was created when former rivals Philly Sport & Social and Philadelphia Sports Network merged this past summer. More than 3,500 teams comprised of more than 50,000 participants will compete in social sports with PSL, also giving back to the communities where league games are played. The company has pledged to donate at least $25,000 of league fee revenue to the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation and various other community organizations in need. Sign up through October 31 for teams in 14 sports- basketball, bowling, broomball, cornhole, dodgeball, field hockey, floor hockey, football, handball, kickball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and water polo.
Philadelphia Sports Leagues, Various Locations, 267.888.6085, PhillyLeagues.com

The 25th Philadelphia Film Festival
Catch the premieres of some of the most buzzed about films right here in Philadelphia! This year's 25th Philadelphia Film Festival will take place October 20–30, a citywide appreciation of film with screenings, exclusive parties, special events and exciting guests. Over the past few years, the Philadelphia Film Festival has presented some of the most recognized and celebrated films, including Spotlight, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Artist. PFF25 will continue that tradition this year, with a lineup including La La Land, Arrival, Jackie, and Moonlight. The Festival draws special guests ranging from Oscar-award winning directors, actors, and some of the biggest names in the industry. All-Access badges and individual screening tickets are still available.
Philadelphia Film Festival, Various Locations, 267.239.2941, Filmadelphia.org/festival/

Wipe Your Feet, Come On In

How many times have you strolled down the historic streets of Center City and wondered what those spectacular homes look like inside? Now's your chance, as eleven locations – from 16th Street to Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares – open their doors and welcome you to come in and take a look. It's the 58th Annual Center City Residents' Association Fall House Tour, October 23, 1-5 pm, rain or shine. Highlights of this once-a-year spectacular range from two luxurious William Penn House co-ops, to a two-parcel-wide townhouse built originally in 1829, to The Dwight D, Philadelphia's newest and hippest boutique hotel. The self-guided tour begins at Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce Street in Fitler Square, or Beth Zion Beth Israel at 18th and Spruce Streets. Participants receive a tour booklet with house descriptions and a route map which also entitles them to a day-of-tour 15% discount on dinner at several area restaurants (reservations are suggested). Tour tickets are $35 each ($30 prior to 10/20) and there's a group discount price of $25 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at 215.546.6719 or CenterCityResidents.org.
Fall House Tour, Various Locations, 215.546.6719, CenterCityResidents.org

Spooky Drinks
Through October 27, Historic Philadelphia's Tippler's Tour pub crawl gets spiked with seasonal beers and tales that will give you goosebumps! Every Thursday, take a tour of "Ghosts and Toasts," enjoying drinks and snacks at Christ Church Burial Ground, Salon 401 at The Franklin, Lucha Cartel, and City Tavern. Every Thursday at 5:30pm, visitors join a Colonial (g)host to hear stories and drinking traditions with fun and lighthearted songs and toasts of the era. The "tippler" guide shares some of Benjamin Franklin's most fun phrases for someone who is drunk, including "nimptopsical" and "tipsicum grave." Hear tales about how taverns were used as recruiting stations (getting people inebriated sometimes helped convince them) and how news of the day was discussed in the taverns. This tour departs from the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street. Tickets- $45 adults, $40 senior/military/student (tastings & gratuity included, 21 and over with valid I.D.).
Tippler's Tour: Ghosts & Toasts, Various Locations, 215.629.4026, HistoricPhiladelphia.org

Take Transit
Philadelphia's great transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets make car-free travel, shopping and dining easy in Center City! Get information on routes, fares, schedules and more, at SEPTA.org or RidePATCO.org.

Brought to you by the Center City District
and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Public Ledger Building
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